By Kate Callaghan, Frist Global Health Leader“I don’t need this test,” the pharmacist-trained, El Salvadorian gentleman told my preceptor and me, quickly dismissing our suggestion that his persistent malaise, fatigue, and chills could be secondary to an underlying thyroid condition. “I have no problems with my thyroid,” he followed, in an effort to reinforce his point. When we proposed a CBC to check for anemia, he similarly protested, pulling down his right eye-lid to remind us that he had no Conjunctival Pallor.
It’s Time for a Real Conversation: An Open Letter From Senator Bill Frist, Dr. Randy Wykoff And WK "Big Kenny" Alphin
Dec 27 2015
There can be no doubt that compassion for those less fortunate is a long and strongly held part of our national character. While some might argue that we have, as a Nation, lost some of that compassion, the three of us believe that it is still firmly rooted in who we are, and how we engage with the world.We believe that this sense of compassion is something that still binds us together, and we call on people from all sectors and sections of our country and beyond to join us in a conversation to identify and address some of the greatest threats to our global community.
FGHL Blog: Kate Callaghan - What Must it be Like to Leave Everything Behind and Start Over in a New Country?
Dec 21 2015
By Kate Callaghan, Frist Global Health LeaderWhat must it be like to leave everything and begin again in a foreign land? This was one of the questions I kept asking as I observed the refugee intake day at the Siloam Family Health Center this past week. This is a procedure that every refugee in Nashville goes through when they arrive to the US.
Dec 11 2015
By Kate Callaghan, Frist Global Health LeaderWhen I pulled up the patient’s chart, the first thing that caught my eye was the “1989” at the end of her date of birth. “She’s my age,” I thought to myself. Ms. A was presenting to the clinic with a chief complaint of “flu-like” symptoms.
By Britney Grayson, Frist Global Health LeaderAs a surgical resident in a tertiary care center, I have seen a lot of patients in consultation for surgical evaluation. A typical consultation request includes age, gender and diagnosis of the patient. When I decided to pursue surgical training, I specifically acknowledged that I would forego much of the diagnostic process as typical referrals come to us diagnosis already known.
By Britney Grayson, Frist Global Health LeaderI guess you might say that everything is unexpected for me on this trip. This is my first time on the continent of Africa and so many things have been a surprise. For example, here in Kenya, almost everyone speaks English and there are zebras by the side of the road grazing on grass just like there are horses in the US.
Mr. B is a middle-aged man who was following up with us after an acute visit about three weeks ago for chest pain, which, at the time, was thought to most likely be due to acid-reflux. It was clear as I spoke with him that afternoon that while his reflux-related pain had subsided some with the addition of a medication, he still wasn’t feeling like himself.